Post # 1
I would love to hear from other bees about stories of success (or non success) of breast feeding after having a breast reduction in your past.
I had a reduction 7 years ago and at the time the doctor told me he would do everything he could to keep the right stuff in there so I have the best chance of Breast feeding later in life. (I remember him drawing me a picture of keeping as much of the nerves that connect to my nipple…)
So I know he did everything he could, but of course I just am antsy about it. My OB told me that we won’t know until the baby comes…
Just wanted to hear stories from others that have gone through this…
Post # 3
A good friend of mine had a breast reduction about 7-8 years before her first kid. For whatever reason she wasn’t a fan of breastfeeding but did pump for maybe 3 months with her first kid. She produced some milk but still had to supplement a good amount with formula. With her second child she just immediately started pumping and produced much more (I think she just had more facts/breastfeeding information this time around). She pumped for 6 months with the second and produced much more…maybe only had to supplement a bottle a day of formula in the beginning months. Like you said, I think you just have to wait and see when the baby comes but my fingers are crossed for you! Good luck!!
Post # 4
I had a breast reduction 13 years ago and we are pregnant with our first. I can’t help from a personal standpoint but I wanted to say thank you for starting this thread! From what I’ve read/heard from other moms, breastfeeding is hard enough without having to deal with also having had surgery.
I just purchased Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding. If I read it and think it’s helpful, I’ll let you know. There’s another book called Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction, which I plan to read afterwards.
This website has been really helpful. There are a number of success stories: http://bfar.org/index.shtml. The La Leche League is another resource: http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvaugsep02p75.html
I’m also planning to find a lactation consultant before our baby is born. We’ll do a consultation prior to the birth, and I’ll have her on speed dial so she can stop by the day the baby arrives to see how things are going. I’ve contacted a couple of people so far but I really want to find one with specific experience with BFAR.
I’ve read a bunch of studies, and it sounds like the more support you have the better your chances of breastfeeding – whether you are BFAR or not. Also, as PP mentions, it’s easier with each following baby because of re canalization, a process the milk ducts go through during pregnancy and also each period.
GOOD LUCK! I think you are due in October, right? I’m due in early November. I’ll send you a PM, I would absolutely love any advice you can share or resources that you have found helpful!
Post # 5
@traceyjoy: I am going to add the “defining” book to my list to read. I actually was at a garage sale and the woman was a lactation specialist- she was awesome. got me in contact with local BFing groups.
Yes i am due Oct 10 so hopefully I will have a success story to share with you 🙂
Post # 6
@BrookieCookie9: I’m an October mama, too, and have had a breast reduction. I had my reduction two years ago, and I know they’re constantly making improvements in the surgery so our experiences may be different. I have noticed lactation already and am hopeful that its a good sign! I recall my surgeon telling me that you have a 50/50 chance after the surgery, but ultimately there is no way of knowing until you deliver. Best of luck!
Post # 7
I haven’t tried breast feeding, but my surgeon told me that often women with large boobs can’t breast feed that well to begin with… so it’s not actually the surgery that makes it difficult. I thought that was kinda interesting. She also told me that you just have to try.. some of her patients can do it fine, others can’t.